Yesterday, 50,000 fans packed Saratoga Race Course to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The rest of the card was just for show. Outside of the handicappers, most people couldn’t tell you one thing about the rest of the card. But just shy of 45 minutes before the Travers, a globetrotter showed up. Juddmonte has owned some of the greatest race horses in history, Frankel, Dancing Brave, Twice Over, Warning, Danehill, Rail Link, Ryafan, Cacique, Empire Maker, Seek Again, Cityscape, and numerous others. And that is just the horses that I found with a once over of their Wikipedia page. One horse not in that conversation, Flintshire. Looking at a piece of paper that shows what races he has won, very unimpressive. For a horse that has raced 16 times with only 4 wins and only one win since July of 2013, what is there to like about him? How about his 8 seconds? Or his multiple runner up finishes to the world’s best horse, Treve? Or maybe how he has races in 5 different countries? Or how his pedigree is top class? Flintshire just doesn’t like to win… well rather he likes a firm ground and going right handed. Sorry buddy, you won’t be getting both of those conditions anywhere I know. But at least he got the firm ground he has been looking for.
About the Author
Mike Tartaglia, an 18-year old handicapper and horse racing fan founded this blog back in 2011 following that years Triple Crown. Over the years, he expanded his racing knowledge to encompass not only thoroughbred racing, but also harness and quarter horse racing. While his home track to bet at is the Meadowlands, he calls Monmouth Park his true home, making multiple trips every meet. He has also visited Parx, Aqueduct, and Saratoga. In the summer of 2014, he was invited onto TVG's show, The Quarters, to compete against the handicappers, coming in a close second, losing to Caleb Keller by only $2. He appeared on TVG again in August of 2015 to The Quarters, talking about the Haskell, whcih was earlier that day, as well as handicapping and hitting the Late Pick 4 from Los Alamitos. His favorite horses include Man O'War, Imp, Frankel, Toast of New York, and Ruler On Ice. Some tracks he wishes to go to one day are Los Alamitos, Churchill Downs, Presque Isle Downs, Ascot, Longchamp, and Meydan. In 2015, he was able to go the the Haskell Invitational to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in person.
Mike is currently a student at Penn State University majoring in Material Sciences and Engineering. Horse Racing Station is his way of sharing with the world his thoughts on the biggest races (and sometimes the smallest). He is in the process of developing his own speed figures for harness racing (as well as thoroughbred and quarter horse racing, albeit in early stages). He also hosts the sports podcast Mike & Madie Sports Talk every Monday evening.
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